Sunday Edition

Just dropping in with a few links for a lazy Sunday.

Have a wonderful day.


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- I'm going to be trying out this recipe for avocado toast with lime, coriander and cashew cream - (above).

- An intimate and moving film about women's body image and the aging process that brought a tear to my eye.

- Sarah Burton talks candidly about life at the helm of Alexander McQueen in her first interview for two years.

- Scales and shingles in architecture and design.

- How freelancing makes you richer.

- Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud set himself the task of carving a spoon every day for 365 days.

5 minutes with... Sabine Fajana of Vividgrey

First featured on Design Hunter soon after its launch last year, Vividgrey is a Vienna based homeware company created by architect and interior designer Sabine Fajana. Designed with a home shared by children and adults in mind - the product lookbook feature Sabine's gorgeous son Raven - the Vividgrey collection is an emotionally engaging range of modern heirloom textiles, lighting and furnishings that seeks to introduce an element of magic into everyday life. Latest additions include a range of individually hand painted cotton pillows and throws created using pure non-toxic paints in radiant ultramarine and a more muted indigo.

Selected pieces from the Vividgrey collection will be at Design Junction this week and are available to buy via the Design Junction shop curated by Clippings.

Which three words best describe the Vividgrey collection?

Magic, crafted, heirloom.

Who or what inspires you?

Sharing life with my child is my biggest inspiration and the reason for starting Vividgrey.

What is your most treasured object or piece of furniture in your own home?

Aside from irreplaceable drawings and family photographs it would be a 1930s sofa from my great grandmother that travelled cross-border after the war.

Where's your favourite place to be?

 In my workshop when I’m full of creative energy. At a poolside for relaxing.

What would you be if you weren't a designer?

 I suppose either an artist or an architect. 

What are you reading right now?

Fairy tales of all sorts to my son every night.

Which words of wisdom do you try to live by?

Do everything you can to shape your life.

The AW14 collection from 1205

by Laurie Prescot

Central St Martins alumna and BFC NEWGEN winner, designer of fashion label 1205 Paula Gerbase has an impressive resumé. Trained in the womenswear atelier of Hardy Amies and enjoying a long stint at Savile Row's Kilgour, the resulting aesthetic for unisex label 1205 is utilitarian and subtly masculine.

1205 collections are centred around "considered, thoughtful pieces with a focus on fabric and cut". Contrasting textures sit alongside austere colour palettes, giving the otherwise androgynous feel a hint of sensuality. The pared-back greys and blacks that Gerbase is known for are occasionally styled with blue and oxblood for a more feminine touch. Pleated trousers, billowing coats loosely tied at the waist and crisp white cotton are 1205 staples and would make the perfect addition to the wardrobes of the sharpest dresser of either sex. Frequently described as 'redefining the notions of gender', 1205 is not overtly defined by being 'unisex', instead it is gender-neutral, allowing the modern, experimental forms to speak for themselves.

Tailoring is minimal and restrained - meaning 1205's pieces give a graceful aesthetic that is no-nonsense but relaxed. When talking about the lack of fussy detailing, Gerbase explained "Everything else around us is so busy and if you let go of all that stuff, people notice. Clothes are about framing a personality and although you're making a choice about what you are wearing, ultimately, it really isn't ever about the clothes."

Sophisticated simplicity and craftsmanship sum up the ethos of 2015 - an understated label that is one to be reckoned with.

All images 1205 AW14 collection

All images 1205 AW14 collection

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Laurie Prescott works in PR and in her spare time enjoys writing her fashion and lifestyle blog Bell & Smokey.

Follow her on Twitter @bellandsmokey

Stye Radar | September

With so much happening in the design world this month it's difficult to know where to start with September's Style Radar post. London Design Festival seems to get bigger and better each year and I'm not even going to attempt to provide a round up of the mindboggling number of events taking place - (Katie at Confessions of a Design Geek has put together an excellent guide if you need a helping hand wading through it all).

Instead here's a quick edit of just a few of the products, events and launches that have made it onto my radar this month.

1. SHIFT - Designs from Mexico

I'm slightly obsessed with my rapidly expanding succulent collection at the moment and in need of new pots. These concrete planters (above) by SHIFT who are based in Monterrey, Mexico caught my eye. They'll be on show in the International Pavilions at 100% Design.

2. Kate Farley adds new designs to her Plot to Plate range

Birmingham based artist, printmaker and textile designer Kate Farley, whose designs I've previously featured on Design Hunter, has extended her Plot to Plate collection with a number of new designs that will be presented at Tent London. They include her first wallpaper in the 'Hanbury' pattern (above) - a design inspired by the gardens of Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire.

3. Ten by Two

Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar, the designers behind People Will Always Need Plates, have released a new series of limited edition enamelware bowls that they will be showing at Vessel Gallery during LDF.

Ten by Two consists of three collections and includes designs inspired by the work of artists and designers including Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster and Bridget Riley.

The event details are here.

4. Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi Ceramiche

Also at the Vessel Gallery is the UK launch of Benjamin Hubert's new 'Seams' collection for Bitossi Ceramiche - a  series of colourful vessels in which the seams from the moulds they have been cast in remain visible as a subtle feature.

5. New design brand Tiipoi launch at Design Junction

And finally, I'm looking forward to discovering Tiipoi - a new design brand offering a collection of objects for daily life manufactured in India using materials such as brass, wood, copper and stone.

Launching at Design Junction the collection will soon be available to buy exclusively at Harrods. Tiipoi will also be presenting the spectacular Mirror 6 (shown above) as part of the  exhibition 'Space and Light' at the Sir John Soane's Museum.